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Friday, February 28, 2014

What is the Meaning of Ad hoc?

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Ad hoc
A group of lads and I were shocked
One day when walking by the loch
You won't believe what we saw near the dock
The monster there known as Nessie
Munching on a fish or three
So scared we were we hid behind a rock.

And so we had a most ad hoc
Meeting there behind the rock
That is to say we spoke over one purpose
With only one agenda we
Quarreled over how to flee
And get away before Nessie could hurt us!

We huddled there for quite some time
Myself and those scared friends of mine
"Have you the time?" I asked the one called Scott
"No!" He said, "I have no phone,
Or watch, I've left them both at home!"
And so we made a clock there on the spot

Using what we had at hand
A toothpick and a rubber band
We engineered a new way to tick tock
Using a sock, a wedding ring
And string, a spring and other things
We made ourselves a useful ad hoc clock!

And by it we could see that we
Were going to be late for tea
Our monster wait just simply had to end
And so we leapt out from the rock
Where Nessie waited with a wok
Which is why today I have no friends!




















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Thursday, February 27, 2014

What is a Cabriolet?

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Cabriolet


The day before the other day
I met a horse who shouted, “Nay!
I shall not pull for you that cabriolet!”
He said, “Good Sir, I’m now on strike
Pull your own cart if you like!
Out of my way I’m off to eat some hay!”

Alas I could not figure out
What all his fussing was about
After all it’s just a cabriolet!
With two seats for two to sit
And only two wheels on it
And a hood, just how much could it weigh?

So being a fair and decent sort
I decided then I ought
To take the horse's place just for a bit
And so as a pedestrian
I acted quite equestrian
Which wasn't bad until the horse hopped in it!

“Take me to the race track Sir!”
Said the horse sounding hauteur
To which I said, “Who do you think you are?”
But then I saw to save the day
Another sort of cabriolet
A two seated convertible coupe car

“Hooray” said I, the horse said, “Neigh”
“Let’s ditch this cart from yesterday
And trot off to the races you and me!”
And so although we barely fit
We both drove chomping at the bit
Harnessed in our seat belts happily.



















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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What is the Meaning of Rudiment?

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Rudiment

Take a basic principle
Or skill that’s fundamental
And you have right there a rudiment
Most often a plural word
In statements that you've likely heard
Like in “the rudiments of government”

And if you have a thing unformed
An idea only partially born
Rudiment in this case here envelopes
The elements you have at hand
Before you have a final plan
The rudiments of something undeveloped

Then there is a body part
Intended for a certain task
Diminished so in size it can’t perform
Which also is a rudiment
An element that's redundant
On account of it’s being so malformed

And finally there’s one more sort
Of rudiment I can purport
Which is the organ just starting to sprout
Like a baby still unborn
With organs just starting to form
And therefore not ready to come out!


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What is the Meaning of Perchance?

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Perchance

One day a certain circumstance
Might lead you to the word “perchance”
And you might well wonder what it means

So I'm here to tell you that
The word “Perchance” does mean “perhaps”
And also “possibly” if you so deem.


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Monday, February 24, 2014

What is the Meaning of Invective?

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Invective

If I were to speak to you
Insultingly and with abuse
If hurting you with words was my objective

Vitriolic cruelty
Is something that is typically
Apparent in language that is invective.


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Saturday, February 22, 2014

What is Flatulence?


Flatulence

If through some strange circumstance
You've never heard of flatulence
I'm here to tell you without sounding crass

That it is the thing that we
All do sometimes regrettably
When our rear down there lets out some gas.








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Friday, February 21, 2014

What is a Bactrian Camel?

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Bactrian Camel

Once when in a foreign land
I found myself in desert sands
And on a dune met an unusual mammal,
And trying not to sound too rude
I asked him, "What on earth are you?"
To which he answered me, "I am a camel!"

"Are you sure?" I asked of him,
"Of course I am, I'm Bactrian!"
He answered me and rather angrily,
"I'm the type of camel that
Has more than one hump on its back
Unlike the ones with one called dromedaries!"

And then just when it dawned on me
That this camel actually
Was talking English rather fluently,
He went on quickly to explain
That Bactrian's a name that came
From Bactria which was an ancient country.







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Thursday, February 20, 2014

What is the Meaning of Concision?

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Concision

You'll find this rhyme is short and sweet
To the point, compact and brief
Purposefully written with precision

Written thus to demonstrate
A model so to resonate
The definition of the word Concision.








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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Meaning of Beshrew


Beshrew 

One day I saw a little snail
And oh the blighter made me wail
Making me declare on him a curse,
beshrewed him for the damages
He wrought upon my cabbages
Hoping he would end up in a hearse.

That’s right I wished upon the thug
A death that’s worthy of a slug
And said, “I hope you die under a shoe!”
So as you might by now have guessed
That speaking ill upon this pest
Exemplifies the meaning of beshrew!


















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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Meaning of Adhesive



Adhesive

Should you ever find that you
Need to stick a thing or two
Together then the best thing you can do

Is find a strong adhesive that
Will help to stick this thing to that
A sticky substance also known as glue!


















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The Meaning of Xanthochroid


Xanthochroid

I have found that Xanthochroid
Is a word that is employed
When referring to one whose complexion

Is one that is mostly fair
A person who is blond of hair
With blue eyes too upon closer inspection


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Monday, February 17, 2014

The Meaning of Waif



Waif

One night as I wandered home
I saw a waif cold and alone
A stray animal homeless in the wild

And though it was an awful find
At least it wasn't of the kind
Of other waif which is an orphaned child.


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The Meaning of Vacuous


Vacuous

It’s possible to say something
Without really saying anything
To make a statement that is void of essence

Remarks lacking real content
Are vacuous, a word that’s meant
To explain a speech empty of substance.


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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Transitive Verbs Explained


Transitive Verbs

Hopefully by now you've heard
That a verb’s a doing word
But what of verbs said to be transitive?
Well they are the sort of verbs
That make sense only when heard
Along with the thing that they’re doing it with,

For example if I were
To write the sentence, “I love her”
“Love” here is the kind of verb I mean,
The sort of verb that needs the word
“Her” to make sense when it’s heard
Otherwise “I love” would just mean nothing!


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The Meaning of Rouse


Rouse

Putting up my tired feet
I fell into much needed sleep
And dreamed of green meadows and flying cows,
Of course it seemed natural to me
And not an abnormality
Till ice-cream started falling from the clouds!

So excited then was I
Roused by ice-cream from the sky
That alas from sleep I was aroused!
For so roused was I to hunger
To the kitchen I did blunder
To appease my hungry tummy rumbling loud!

And when I found the yummy treat
That I was so aroused to eat
I leaped into a different sort of rouse,
I threw for myself a hearty
Fine celebratory party
And drank a toast to dreams of flying cows!


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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Meaning of Parturition


Parturition

It is a rather painful mission
The circumstance of parturition
That is to say the act of giving birth,

That being said we are lucky
That there’s such a thing or we
Would find ourselves upon an empty earth!


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The Meaning of Malliferous


Melliferous

That which is melliferous
Is, I think, splendiferous
The adjective that best describes a bee,

For their great ability
To generate the great yummy
Substance that we like to call honey!


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Meaning of Indolence


Indolence

If like me you are inclined
To do nothing most of the time
Indolent is the word that best describes

The simple fact you are lazy
Like a sloth up in a tree
Too idle even to open its eyes!


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Meaning of Guile


Guile

Listen now and I’ll
Teach you about guile
That is the cunning trait of artifice,

Used so as to sneakily
Trick you through duplicity
And deviously artful craftiness!



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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What is the Meaning of Disparate?


Disparate

If you have some things that are
Quite different to each other
Like chewing gum, a chimp and a pink parrot

None of them are quite alike
All distinct in their own right
Incongruous, contrasting and disparate!


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The Meaning of Carp


Carp

Excuse me while I have a whinge
Over how I lost my fringe
When I went to see my hair dresser,
If you’ll let me I’ll go on and on
I’ll even lament it in song
So all the world can hear what I think of her!

“She butchered it!” I will complain
“My head will never be the same!”
Are the sorts of things you’ll hear me harp!
I will rumble out my groans
I will grumble out my moans
To demonstrate just what it means to carp!


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Monday, February 10, 2014

The Meaning of Beguile?


Beguile

One who has the mean profile
Of a man who does beguile
Is one with the intent so to deceive,

He will fool you with his charm
And it will do you harm
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve.w


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The Meaning of Abattoir?


Abattoir

If indeed you are like me
And like to eat dead things for tea
But not to dwell on where the meat comes from

You're best then to stay where you are
And not visit an abattoir
The slaughterhouse where beasts don't live for long!

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

What is the Meaning of Xanthous?

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Xanthous

Once I came across a bloke
Who had himself a xanthous goat
And by that I mean this goat was yellow!

What a strange thing to occur
A goat with only yellow fur
The colour of an egg yolk light and sallow.


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What is a Wagon-lit?

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Wagon-lit

When traversing on a train
It might help to keep you sane
To pass long journeys in a wagon-lit

So that you can grab a kip
And kill some time during your trip
In the carriage that has a bed in it.


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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Meaning of Ubiquitous


Ubiquitous

I think you’ll find ubiquitous
Is a word synonymous
With any word that means being “everywhere”

Omnipresent comes to mind
Being all places at one time
Like God who’s here, somewhere and over there!


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

What is the Meaning of Traduce?

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Traduce

If I aim to put to shame
Or make another suffer blame
By laying upon him statements that aren't true

To tarnish so is to traduce
And is a cruel unfair abuse
And overall not all that nice do.


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What does Shew Mean?

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Shew

If you ever take a look
Inside an older English book
Here's a tip that is handy to know

If you see the word "shew" used
It was the former spelling used
For the word we spell today as "show"


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What is the Meaning of Remonstrate?

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Remonstrate/Expostulate

Allow us now to contemplate
The meaning of expostulate
Or in other words to remonstrate
To be in open opposition
Or to argue your position
Against a course of action you might hate!

For example if I state
That we should not shut the gate
You might well feel the need to set me straight
And remind my loudly that
Our little dog is not a cat
And might escape to meet a gruesome fate!


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What is the Meaning of Quintessence?

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Quintessence

In medieval times
The philosophic minds
Taught about a thing they called quintessence
They were adamant
That this higher element
Permeated nature with its presence

But from those days of old
Its meaning has evolved
To mean the best example of a thing
Like something that incorporates
All of the essential traits
Of the thing that it is representing.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What is the Meaning of Pariah?

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Pariah

Once a girl call Mariah
Became sadly a pariah
On account of her gross stinky feet
A social outcast she became
Because the smell was less than tame
Like vinegar and something sickly sweet

That’s not to say she had become
A person who would bang on drums
In Ancient times in Southern India
A person of a low caste who
Played for ritualistic dos
Also known to be a pariah!


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What is the Meaning of Melliferous?

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Melliferous

That which is melliferous
Is, I think, splendiferous
The adjective that best describes a bee

For their great ability
To generate the great yummy
Substance that we like to call honey!


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Monday, February 3, 2014

What is a Jabōt?

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Jabōt

Although it seems unlikely
That this verse will come in handy
I suppose one day it just might pay to know

That mostly on a woman's clothes
The pleated frilly thing that goes
Down the front is known as a Jabōt.


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